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    About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    All,

    Been reading a fair bit of the forum posts over last few weeks.

    I'm thinking of getting either an Ebel 9750L62/53B60 1191 Discovery Chronograph (43mm)
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    Longines Conquest Automatic Chrono L3.661.4.56.6 (41mm)

    What do you folks reckon the better way to go ...

    Are there better choices in this range?

    Thanks
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    Re: About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    Mido All Dial chronograph with a COSC certified ETA/Valjoux7750 ...

    The only drawback might be finding OEM straps for it due to the unusual lug design.
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    A few of this and some of the other ...


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    Re: About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    Quote Originally Posted by v76 View Post
    Mido All Dial chronograph with a COSC certified ETA/Valjoux7750 ...

    The only drawback might be finding OEM straps for it due to the unusual lug design.
    That's a nice one :)

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    Re: About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    Quote Originally Posted by v76 View Post
    The only drawback might be finding OEM straps for it due to the unusual lug design.
    It was all but impossible for me to source another strap/bracelet for the Mido I owned.

    I looked for months. It's a completely artificial barrier created by Mido. I'd bet they lose more than a few sales because of it.

    Beautiful watch otherwise.
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    Re: About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    If I were to spend that much money I'd buy a used Speedmaster Pro Auto. Looks like they run around $1500.

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    Re: About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    I like the look of Mido. WRT the rubber strap, get the bracelet and problem solved.

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    Re: About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    Thanks all for your help :) Appreciated.

    Its funny when I went to swatch group website, they classify Mido as "Mid-range" and Longines as "High range", yet the Mid-range carry a more accurate COSC certified movement...

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    Re: About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    No question for me with that kind of budget I am going after a pre loved Speedy, so versatile with strap changes, looks great on bracelet, leather, or nato, good luck on your search!!
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    Re: About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    Quote Originally Posted by bluloo View Post
    It was all but impossible for me to source another strap/bracelet for the Mido I owned.

    I looked for months. It's a completely artificial barrier created by Mido. I'd bet they lose more than a few sales because of it.

    Beautiful watch otherwise.
    Why Why Why do they do that???
    Mido or anyone else for that matter? What is the business logic here???
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    Re: About to take the plunge - Auto Chrono.. ~1800

    Used Speedy as many have said is a great choice. But so are the two you first mentioned. I believe Ebel has some of the same issues as Mido with lack of compatability for non OEM straps and bracelets. It is a fantastic watch on paper, love the looks, and I have heard great things about that particular model. For a few more new choices around your price range, maybe consider these 3 Germans (all valjoux 775x movements, each has their own unique features but just for aesthetics pics are below):

    Sinn 103 acrylic
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    Stowa 1938 Chronograph (also available with black dial and matt or polished case)
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    Nivrel Plongeur Wild Sea
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    not my pics
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